Do you ever feel like your real self is somehow less than or unlovable? Like you have to be perfect or you’ll be rejected? Do you sometimes panic when you don’t receive a quick response to a text, email or voicemail? What about not speaking your truth in relationships because you think it might drive your partner away? Do you tend to settle for crumbs? These reactions could mean that a fear of abandonment is wreaking havoc on your life.
Abandonment is a primal fear that often stems from childhood. If you experienced parenting that were cold, judgmental or distant, you may have unconsciously created a sense of self as invisible, worthless, unlovable or not belonging. This fear can also develop further, later in life after a devastating loss or break up.
Fear of Abandonment in Intimate Relationships
Dating and intimate relationships tend to resurface the disappointments of…